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SHRIKHAND - GUJARATI STYLE

mayurisjikoni
Shrikhand is a creamy, delicious yogurt based Gujarati sweet dish. Nuts and spices add an exotic flavour. It is usually served with hot puris.
4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Indian Sweet
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 litre plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ -1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp ­­­ strands of saffron
  • ½ -1 tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 10-12 almonds sliced or roughly chopped
  • 10-12 pistachios sliced or roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Put the yogurt on a clean muslin or cotton cloth which you have draped over a sieve or a colander. Cover the yogurt with the cloth.
  • Place a wad of newspaper on the cloth. Place some heavy object on it, like a clean stone, brick, mortar and pestle, etc whatever you have in the house.
  • Leave it for about 15 minutes. All the water from the yogurt will drain out to give you a nice thick curd cheese.
  • Heat about a teaspoon of milk and soak the saffron in it.
  • Remove the curd cheese from the cloth and put it into a bowl. Add sugar to the curd cheese or strained yogurt. Mix well with a hand blender till the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the cardamom, nutmeg and saffron milk. Mix well.
  • The mixture will catch the saffron colour after a while. Can either sprinkle the nuts on top or mix it into the shrikhand. Whichever you prefer.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Tastes best when it is cold, just out of the fridge.

Notes

  • To serve as a dessert, can mix in fresh fruits like mangoes, grapes, pomegranate, tangerine, strawberries. Basically any fruit of our choice. Add these fruits just before serving.
  • For diabetics or calorie conscious people, you can add artificial sweeteners or stevia. I’ve used erythritol and it does not leave any bitter after taste.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar and spices according to your taste.
  • If you don’t get Greek Yogurt, use plain yogurt. Usually from 2 litres of plain yogurt we get approximately 4 cups of curd cheese.
  • If you want to serve Shrikhand for Ekadashi or any fasting day, don't use ready made icing sugar or confectioners' sugar as it contains cornflour or corn starch.
Keyword Easy Shrikhand Recipe